What Dick Shoulberg remembers most about previous trips to the U.S. Swimming summer national championships are the illustrious history of the meet and the oppressive heat surrounding it.
Shoulberg, coach of the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club, will take a strong contingent to the national meet again. It starts Tuesday in Clovis, Calif. Again, temperatures are expected to soar past 100 degrees. Times of Shoulberg's swimmers, however, are expected to plummet. The meet runs through Saturday.
The club will be represented by eight swimmers: Kara Boland in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle races, the 400 individual medley, and the 200 butterfly; Fran Crippen in the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle races, and perhaps the 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley; Marie Labosky in the 200 and 400 IM; Kerri McIlvain in the 100 and 200 breaststroke races; Meghan Peart in the 50 and 100 freestyle races; Katy Peterson in the 100 and 200 backstroke races; Ryan Smith in the 100 and 200 butterfly races; and Jason Thomas in the 400, 800, and 1,500 freestyle races.